20 May 2015
Singer and Raconteur
Dave started by playing a Chad Valley tin banjo, when he was 10 years old, till he blistered his thumb and he was hooked! He bought his first home-made guitar at twelve. He played in beat groups in Cumbria in the swinging 60s, then found folk at 17. He fell in love with twelve-string guitar at 18 and has been playing one ever since.
He moved to the Midlands in 1969 and ran the Corner House Folk Club, Bedworth, for some years in the early 70s, but dropped out due to work and family commitments, restarting in 2000.
Dave’s influences have been Tom Paxton, Colin Scott, Harvey Andrews and, of course, Richard Thompson.
He has worked with lyricist and author Jill Pickering of Milan, Italy to produce original material, featuring in his performances and on his first CD, Shifting Sands. (This is available via the Spindrift website, Head Records, Royal Priors, Leamington Spa or direct from Dave.) Dave is also featured on the Warwick Folk Club and Hinckley ACT club Compilation CDs.
He was the resident at The Runway at The Boggery for twelve months, and appears at Bedworth, Warwick and Alcester Folk Festivals as well as all the local Clubs and further afield in Majorca, entertaining American sailors (don’t ask!). He has also supported some big names, including Sid Kipper, Les Barker (twice), Quicksilver, Sean Cannon and Meet on the Ledge (twice).
He is also with Romany Pie, the premier Kenilworth folk quartet, and also entertains at private functions, where he play a mix of 60s & 70s songs as well as folk and country classics.
Workshops on ‘Compering’ and ‘How to Present Yourself as a Performer’ can be run by Dave at Festivals, (as he has at Bedworth and Alcester) or as private sessions.
If you are interested, please contact him for full details.